Person-Centred Counselling Psychology is an introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of the person-centred approach. Focusing on the psychological underpinnings of the approach, Ewan Gillon describes the theory of personality on which it is based and the nature of the therapeutic which is characterised by:

unconditional positive regard; empathy; congruence.

The book is an applied, accessible text, providing a dialogue between the psychological basis of person-centred therapy and its application within real world. It shows how the person-centred approach relates to others within counselling psychology and to contemporary practices in mental health generally. It also gives guidance to readers on how to research, train and work as a person-centred practitioner.

As well as psychology students, it will be of interest to those from other disciplines, counselling trainees, those within the caring professions, and person-centred therapists from a non-psychological background.

Ewan Gillon is Lecturer in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University in the U.K.

Situating the Approach

Situating the approach

The counselling described in this book is in keeping with those that share Carl Rogers's deep interest in working within the client's frame of reference but do not subscribe strictly to Rogerian theory and practice. It thus joins the broad category of person-centred and experiential counselling and psychotherapy approaches described by Lietaer as:

the classic Rogerians; the client-centered therapists who are in favour of some form of integration or even eclectism; the Gendlians, for whom the whole focusing approach is a precious way of working; the client-centered therapists who look at the therapy process in information-processing terms; the client-centered therapists for whom the interpersonal aspect, the here-and-now of interaction between the client and therapist is their central focus, and maybe some ...

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